Thanks for everyone's help! :-)
Quote from: green918 on July 26, 2008, 04:37:00 PMThanks for everyone's help! :-) Does that mean you will be applying to Vandy and Boalt?
Even with your curren score PLUS URM status, you have a good chance of getting into some lower Top 14 law schools, especially Cornell, Georgetown, Duke and particularly Boalt. You should also apply to Vandy and others. With a degree from those schools, you're virtually guaranteed a six figure income. With a degree from FSU, you have to be close to the top to get a six figure job.
While I'm a big believer that where you want to practice, family, and other factors should matter just as much, if not more than income and prestige, the least you should do is try to get some application fee waivers from Vanderbilt, Duke, and other leading universities in the South if that's the region you'd like to stay in. Even if you have no intention of going anywhere but FSU or Florida you should still apply and see what happens. Who knows, you might get in with scholarship. Its always nice to have options, even if it doesn't change where you eventually choose to go.
Even if you're committed to attending Florida schools, you should in fact retake (if you think you can do better) and apply to higher-ranked schools, checking the minority box. Why? Because getting a higher LSAT, and/or getting into a higher-ranked school like Duke, Vandy, etc., will significantly increase your chances of getting scholarship money at the florida schools, perhaps even a full-ride. (You can use the fact you got into a higher-ranked program in your scholarship negotiations.) If you're debt-averse, this is therefore the best way to go.As for the AA generally, I'm as opposed to it as a general policy (as a urm) as anyone, for a number of reasons, and I respect your reluctance to exploit it. But as long as schools are dumb enough to apply the policy, you'd be dumb not to take advantage of it, especially if you know the school you'll actually be attending was within your numerical reach anyway. As far as the biracial thing goes, that's definitely considered african-american by schools, so they won't view it as hypocritical. Since being "different" has affected you enough to make you want to write an essay on it, it's not really hypocritical at all. It's apparently given you a different perspective, and that's one major reason the schools claim to value it.